Friday, March 2, 2012

Jesus Montero, Michael Suanders and Carlos Peguero Power M's Past A's in Cactus League Opener

Players of the Day for Friday, March 2, 2012

Michael Saunders
Cactus League

Exhibition baseball officially got underway when the Seattle Mariners visited the Oakland A's at their Spring training facility in Phoenix, AZ, with Seattle taking the 8-5 win with five homers by five different players.

Jesus Montero
Starter Blake Bevin took the win, allowing four hits and one earned run over 2 1/3 innings. Catcher Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders and Carlos Peguero each hit two-run homers and the Mariners were up 5-1 after they batted in the fifth inning.

Carlos Peguero
Montero, a rookie, was acquired from the Yankees in the deal that sent Michael Pineda to New York. He hit .328 in 61 Yankee at-bats last season. Peguero, who is still technically a rookie, has been with the Mariners organization since 2010, but has toiled mostly in the minors. He batted .196 in 46 games with the Mariners in 2011. Center fielder Saunders is starting his fourth year with Seattle.

Luis Rodriguez and Johermyn Chavez added solo shots. All of Seattle's runs came via the long ball.

Manny Ramierez made his debut at DH for the A's, but came up empty in two at-bats, grounding into a double play and grounding out.

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